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Alton Rotary on board to supply socks to shelters and organizations

October 07, 2021
ALTON — At last Thursday's weekly Rotary meeting, members were updated by New Hampshire and Vermont Rotary District 7870 Assistant Governor Gary Dehnel about the continuing need to supply socks to shelters and organizations for distribution throughout the Lakes Region.

Ten years ago, the freshman social studies classes at Interlakes High School heard that socks were one of the most requested items at shelters, yet the least donated. The class decided to start a sock drive and now ten years later the freshman class had no idea that it would become an annual event that so many non-profit agencies look forward to! To date, over 15,000 pairs have been donated throughout the region! Last year alone, over 3,000 pairs were collected and distributed. In 2015, The Interact Service

Club at Interlakes (sponsored by Meredith Rotary Club) took over the sock drive and other area Rotary clubs, including the Alton, Barnstead and New Durham Centennial Rotary Club are now on board to help.

This year, Rotary will be donating socks to The Santa Fund of the Greater Lakes Region, The Boys and Girls Club in Laconia, Isaiah 61 Café in Laconia, The Salvation Army of Laconia, Spaulding Academy and Family Services in Northfield, The Pemi Youth Center in Plymouth and The Bread and Roses Food Pantry in Franklin. All participating Rotary clubs are collecting new sturdy warm socks for all ages from infant to adult. This includes special needs socks for diabetics and people who must wear compression socks.

Please drop off pairs of socks at any of the following locations during normal business hours. Alton Senior Center, All Brite Cleaning in Gilford, Real Life Church in Laconia, Meredith Community Center in Meredith, Meredith Savings Bank, Route 104 in Meredith, The Meredith Insurance Co. the VNA of the Lakes Region, The Interlakes School District, Plymouth State University office of Engagement, and Plymouth Soap Works. If you would like to make a monetary donation for socks please send checks written out to ILMHS Interact Service Club and mail to 1 Laker Lane Meredith, NH, 03253. With

Sock Drive written in the memo line. The Alton Centennial Rotary Club meets every Thursday morning for breakfast at the Alton Community Seniors Center. For information on becoming a member, call Membership Chair, Duane Hammond, 603- 569-3745.

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